6 Offbeat Things to Do in NSW For Your Bucket List

NSW is a state where you can find a lot of things to do. The northernmost point of Australia, NSW has so many things waiting for you to explore and enjoy the adventure with your family and friends. Let’s check out some of the awesome things that you can do in this state:

Horse riding holidays in NSW

Horse riding holidays in NSW are a popular activity for people of all ages, especially those who love the outdoors and want to explore the countryside. These days, it’s easy to find horse riding holiday packages that cater to people with different interests, from beginner riders looking for basic lessons on how to ride one of these majestic animals, to advanced riders that want an intense experience.

You can choose between a variety of destinations when planning your trip. Whether you’re interested in visiting Sydney or other parts of New South Wales like Byron Bay or Wollongong (and even Victoria), there are plenty of options available depending on what type of location would work best for your needs.

If you’re not familiar with it already but have always wanted to try horseback riding, now is a perfect time. You might be surprised at how much fun it is and how quickly you’ll be able to get comfortable being up high in the saddle again! Before long though I promise though:

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic symbol of the city and a great place to take in its skyline. It’s open to the public, and there are several ways to climb it:

    • The BridgeClimb takes you up both towers of the bridge via staircases, ladders and narrow beams. You also get a special lift that takes you back down again.
    • The Pylon Lookout walk offers panoramic views of Sydney by walking on top of one pylon (a steel tower that supports cables). Both walks offer spectacular views of Sydney Harbour with no safety harnesses or fences—just steel mesh walkways.

Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Blue Mountains

For a truly breathtaking experience, why not take a scenic helicopter flight over the Blue Mountains? The views you’ll get of the natural landscapes are out of this world.

You can see the rugged formations of sandstone cliffs and deep valleys, as well as some of NSW’s most beautiful waterfalls. You can even see how these areas were formed millions of years ago. The best part is that you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it; just sit back and enjoy the ride.

There are many companies offering tours from Sydney, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to make your way there by car or bus (if necessary). It’s also worth noting that many places offer packages that include both transportation and accommodation costs so all you have left is to enjoy your trip.

Whale Watching in Port Stephens

Port Stephens is one of the best places in Australia to see whales. With a large population of humpback whales, this region offers many opportunities to catch sight of these majestic giants. There are two ways you can go whale watching in Port Stephens. You can do it by boat or by helicopter, with each offering its own special appeal. Boat trips provide an up-close experience for a range of species including humpbacks, southern rights and bottlenose dolphins; while helicopter tours offer stunning views from above as well as being able to spot any whales from land (or sea).

Whale-watching tours also take place during winter months when migrating orcas stop off at Seal Rocks on their way through NSW waters between June and November. For experienced divers looking for something different, there is also shark cage diving available where you will be able to view both great white sharks and blue sharks from inside a protective acrylic dome that surrounds you.

Learn to cook at the Capertee Valley Cooking School

For those who want to learn how to cook with fresh produce, this is a great place to start. The cooking school is located on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow, so it’s not too far away from Sydney either. You’ll be taught by local chefs and will get to know your hosts and other guests at the property during your stay.

You can choose from one or two-night packages that include an introduction to bush tucker (native Australian food) as well as hands-on cooking classes where you can prepare various dishes using locally sourced ingredients such as kangaroo, quandong (wild desert plum), barramundi fish and native bush berries like berries from an acacia tree.

Explore the Sea Caves of South West Rocks

If you want to see the most beautiful rock formations in NSW, visit the South West Rocks. The sea caves are a popular tourist destination and are made up of rock arches and tunnels. They can be explored by walking through them or taking a boat tour around them. If you’re visiting in the morning or evening, take advantage of their beauty because during midday hours they become almost invisible due to glare from bright sunlight.


If you’re looking for an adventure in NSW, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do. From walking the Blue Mountains to exploring Sydney Harbour, these offbeat experiences will take your breath away and leave you with an unforgettable memory.

About the Author

Monica is a passionate writer and content creator. Her interests include outdoor activities, fitness, technology, entrepreneurship and everything in between. Say hi to Monica on Twitter @monical_lee.

Did you enjoy what you just read? Then you'll LOVE our book!
Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All Going Gypsy One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All 

- See how it all began!
ORDER NOW - Wherever Books Are Sold!
Amazon - Barnes & Noble - IndieBound - Books-a-Million
Also available as an audiobook from Audible.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.